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  1. News - World - EUROPE

    EU president Van Rompuy exchanges haiku with Japan’s Abe

    Posted May 08th 2014, 09:29pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels EU president Herman Van Rompuy, a devotee of all things Japanese, welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday with a traditional "haiku" mini-poem. "Once come May spring ushers in life everywhere. Laughing blossoms," Van Rompuy told Abe, who was wrapping up a six-country, nine-day Europe visit with a European Union summit. ...

  2. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    EU urges Vietnam to step up human rights reform

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 08:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a press briefing with Vietnam’s leader Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi. The normally uncontroversial Belgian added that he still retained faith in the “future ... On Tuesday, New York-based Human Rights Watch urged Van Rompuy publicly to press Vietnam to release all political prisoners and detainees during his three-day visit to the tightly-controlled county. ...

  3. Business

    EU agrees multi-year budget

    Posted Feb 09th 2013, 12:34am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels EU leaders finally reached a seven-year budget accord Friday after marathon talks driven by sharp differences over the bloc’s priorities for the rest of the decade. “Deal done!” summit chair and EU President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter after more than 24 hours of tough talks between the bloc’s 27 heads of state and government. “Worth waiting ...

  4. News - World - EUROPEAN UNION

    EU budget summit ends with no agreement

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:51am by Agence France-Presse in Brussels

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday that a European Union budget deal was within reach for early next year after a two-day summit ... year," Van Rompuy said, playing down the fact that the summit had ended without agreement on a budget for 2014-20. "We should be able to bridge existing divergences of views. A European  ...

  5. News - World - NORWAY

    European Union receives Nobel Peace Prize

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 09:18pm by Associated Press in Oslo

    ... Associated Press in Oslo The European Union has received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital for promoting peace and human rights in Europe for six decades following the devastation of the second world war. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and president of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz collected their Nobel diplomas ...

  6. News - China - SECURITY

    EU and China agree to increase cooperation against terrorism

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 09:56am by Reuters in Brussels

    ... Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday evening on the sidelines of a gathering of Asian and European leaders known as the Asia-Europe ...

  7. Business - Economy - TAXATION

    EU nations agree on rules to fight tax evasion

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 01:30am by AP

    ... of the government to take that road", a key step to scrap the banking secrecy for foreigners. EU president Herman Van Rompuy said the move was "indispensable for enabling the member states to better clamp down on tax fraud and tax evasion". Van Rompuy added: "Banking secrecy is set to die." The legislation proposes an EU-wide automatic exchange of data on bank deposits ...

  8. News - World - EUROPE

    European Union budget talks in deadlock as Britain threatens veto

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Brussels

    ... and the Netherlands. Cameron had vowed to bring down the budget from a proposed €1.047 trillion (HK$10.44 trillion) to €886 billion. EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy submitted new proposals ... with a British source criticising a lack of preparation by Van Rompuy, saying it made negotiations more difficult. So-called cohesion funds- billions of euros handed each year to the EU's newer ...

  9. News - World - EU SUMMIT

    Single supervisor for euro-zone banks, but no start date

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Brussels

    ... is good for Europe that we'll have a single supervisory mechanism up and running in the course of 2013," said Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, which includes ...

  10. News - World - BRITAIN

    British prime minister congratulates ‘friend’ Obama

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 03:41pm by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... congratulations to my friend Barack Obama,” Cameron wrote on his Twitter account. “Look forward to continuing to work together.” European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday expressed joy at Obama’s re-election. “Very happy about the reelection of President Obama,” Van Rompuy wrote in Dutch on his Twitter account. Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, making history by overcoming a slow ...




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